Many people will have come across the headline-grabbing interest rate of 5.6% per annum on some student loans. Many people rightly believe that we should pay off all our debts where possible and should never take out a loan that we know we cannot repay. However, with the average starting salary of graduates stagnant at
The pandemic has been a very difficult time for everyone, and one of the fallouts is going to be an increased divorce rate as many people re-evaluate their lives. Even Bill Gates, once the world’s richest man, said that he and his wife Melinda were not going to be able to grow old together. Indeed,
You might have read in the news a couple of weeks ago that between 800 and 1,500 businesses around the world were affected by a ransomware attack centred on US IT firm Kaseya, a company that provides software tools to IT outsourcing shops. The most notable disruption occurred in Sweden, where hundreds of Co-Op supermarkets had
A year has passed since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In the year since, tremendous effort has been expended to stop the spread of the virus, and protect people and economies. Whereas this time last year, equity markets were falling sharply, and corporate bond spreads were widening dramatically, many equity indices
By the time you reach your 60s, you should already have covered the basics of financial planning: ISAs, Pensions, Wills and even Trust planning. So, what are the next steps as you move towards the end of your working life and into retirement? For many people, actioning their financial plan can be a mentally difficult
As a Wealth Strategist, one of the things that you learn at a very early point is that it is not the amount of money you have that makes you happy, it’s what you do with it that gives the enjoyment. And, although the richest clients are not necessarily the happiest, it is also true
Past experience has taught us that market environments that feature cheap financing, easy access to investments, the incentive to engage in speculative activity, and a technological or political “spark” tend to lead to bubbles. Bond prices are so elevated that a quarter of all global bonds are trading with negative interest rates. Tesla now has
“Asset rich, but cash poor” – it is a problem that many face in retirement. But exactly what does it mean? Assets are wealth that you own, whereas cash is money that can be spent without selling anything first. The last part of that definition is crucial and the reason why many people suffer a decrease in their standard of living when moving
For a number of years, all financial advisers have had to disclose whether they are independent or not, but what exactly does this mean? Whether your adviser offers independent or restricted advice can have a big impact on the type and range of advice they can offer. Independent advice is based on whole of
The average age for a UK adult to become a parent is 29.8 years old. By this point, most people should have at least a basic understanding of how to look after their finances. They should be contributing to a pension. Some will be diligently saving into ISAs in the hope of becoming an “ISA
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